QUALITY AND FITNESS ULTIMATELY TELL

Guisborough Town 5 Richmond Town 1 – The North Riding FA Senior Cup:

In the end Guisborough’s better quality and fitness proved too much for their Wearside League opponents.

But for the first half especially, Richmond gave a good account of themselves, with a confident, busy start.  Luke McCormack had their first shot, quickly followed by a better effort by Sanny Lingthep that Guisborough keeper Will Cowey had tip away for a corner.

Richmond keeper Ethan Lansdell had to be equally sharp – stopping a Michael McGee shot at full stretch.  It was a taste of things to come from the Guisborough No. 10.  The home team started to create more chances around the half-hour mark – Jason Blackburn being closed down by keeper and defender as he tried to get through on goal, James Frazer putting a header wide and Jack Blackford hitting a shot high.

Guisborough finally took the lead in teh 40th minute.  An excellent run down the right by Oli Cann was finished off when the No. 2 delivered the perfect cross for McGee to meet and plant a powerful header into the net.  Four minutes after the re-start McGee had another chance – trying to chip the ball round Lansdell who did well to get a touch on it to send it out for a corner.

From then on in, the game belonged to Guisborough, as Richmond started to flag.

In the 70th minute McGee was bundled over in the box and sub Cole Kiernan converted the spot kick.  In the 76th minute the No. 10 provided a cool finish after being set up with a pass by Cann to make it 3-0.  Three minutes after that, Kiernan prised open the defence before passing to McGee who had the relatively simple task of chipping it over the keeper to complete his hat-trick.

Guisborough wrapped up their scoring in the first minute of added time – Liam Miller swinging a foot at a ball from the left that eluded defenders and keeper.

But there was still time for a Richmond goal – substitute Eddie Lewington intercepting a back pass before rounding Cowey and slotting the ball into the net to make it 5-1.

Last year’s finalists make comfortable progress to the next round.

Mike Snowdon